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Medicare for All

A recent Reuters Poll reported that over half of Americans now support Medicare-for-All, otherwise known as single-payer health care. But what are the real implications of this potential policy that is preparing to take the stage in the 2020 presidential election?

A variety of experts will join host John Barkett to cover a range of topics including the current state of the health care industry, the benefits and drawbacks of the various proposed solutions, the impact any changes would have on hospitals and your health care experience, and the risk and possible reward when altering an industry that is responsible for 1/6th of the economy.

Air Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Jonathan Cohn

Air Time: 9:00 am
Featuring: Jonathan Cohn

Matt Eyles

Air Time: 9:20 pm
Featuring: Matt Eyles

Maura Calsyn

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Maura Calsyn

Thomas Nickels

Air Time: 9:20 am
Featuring: Thomas Nickels

Jonathan Gruber

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Jonathan Gruber

Featured Guests

Jonathan Gruber

Professor, MIT

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Dr. Jonathan Gruber is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught since 1992. He is also the Director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and President of the American Society of Health Economists. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Econometric Society. He has published more than 160 research articles, has edited six research volumes, and is the author of Public Finance and Public Policy, a leading undergraduate text, and Health Care Reform, a graphic novel. In 2006 he received the American Society of Health Economists Inaugural Medal for the best health economist in the nation aged 40 and under.

During the 1997-1998 academic year, Dr. Gruber was on leave as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department. From 2003-2006 he was a key architect of Massachusetts’ ambitious health reform effort, and in 2006 became an inaugural member of the Health Connector Board, the main implementing body for that effort. During 2009-2010 he served as a technical consultant to the Obama Administration and worked with both the Administration and Congress to help craft the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In 2011 he was named “One of the Top 25 Most Innovative and Practical Thinkers of Our Time” by Slate Magazine. In both 2006 and 2012 he was rated as one of the top 100 most powerful people in health care in the United States by Modern Healthcare Magazine. Dr. Gruber is the Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for Flare Capital Partners and is on the board of the Health Care Cost Institute.
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Thomas Nickels

EVP for Government Relations and Public Policy, American Hospital Association

Maura Calsyn

Managing Director of Health Policy, The Center for American Progress

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Maura Calsyn is the managing director of Health Policy at American Progress. In this capacity, she plays a leading role in American Progress’ health policy development and advocacy efforts. She has authored and co-authored work published in The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Internal Medicine, U.S. News & World Report, and The Hill. Her work covers a range of topics, including Medicare and Medicaid payment reform, health care transparency, and trends in employer-sponsored insurance. She has also testified before Congress.

Prior to joining American Progress, Calsyn was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the General Counsel. During her time there, she served as the department’s lead attorney for several Medicare programs and advised the department on implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Before joining the Office of the General Counsel, Calsyn worked as a health care attorney at two international law firms and represented a wide variety of health care payers, providers, and manufacturers. Calsyn first worked in health policy as a health care legislative assistant for Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) before attending law school.

Calsyn graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and received her B.A. summa cum laude from Hamilton College.
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Matt Eyles

President of CEO, America’s Health Insurance Plans

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Matthew (Matt) Eyles is President & Chief Executive Officer of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national trade association representing health insurance providers. Matt leads the association toward fulfilling its mission and vision: expanding access to affordable health care coverage to all Americans, through a competitive marketplace that fosters choice, quality, and innovation. He joined AHIP in 2015 and led its Policy & Regulatory Affairs team, and he was Chief Operating Officer before his appointment as President & CEO.

Matt has more than two decades of health care experience in the private sector and in government. He has led teams at Fortune 200 health care companies in diverse roles—including public policy, government affairs, advocacy and corporate communications—with both a U.S. and global focus. Before joining AHIP, Matt held senior executive positions at Coventry Health Care, Inc. (now an Aetna company) and Wyeth (now a subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc.). Through his work at Avalere Health, he has been a consultant to some of the largest global and U.S. health care companies and organizations. Matt began his career at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) where he worked on many issues, including health care, budget policy, and regulatory policy.

Matt is on the Board of Directors of the National Health Council and was previously on the Board of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI). He has undergraduate degrees from The George Washington University in Political Science and History, as well as a graduate degree in Public Policy from the University of Rochester (NY).
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Jonathan Cohn

Senior National Correspondent, Author, HuffPost

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Jonathan Cohn, Senior National Correspondent at HuffPost, writes about politics and policy with a focus on social welfare. He is also the author of Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis—and the People Who Pay the Price. Jonathan worked previously at the New Republic and American Prospect, and has written for the Atlantic, New York Times Magazine, and Self. His journalism has won awards from the Sidney Hillman Foundation, the Association of Health Care Journalists, World Hunger Year, and the National Women’s Political Caucus. Jonathan can be reached at jonathan.cohn@huffingtonpost.com.
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